Run Rwanda: A Photo Book showcasing contemporary Rwanda
Run Rwanda - 211 miles, 100 photos: An intimate visual documentation of the inspiring and innovative reality of modern day Rwanda
Introducing Run Rwanda - A Photographic Journey
In August 2016, I will be running 211 miles across the entire country of Rwanda, accompanied by a small support team including my sister Cate, a professional travel photographer.
The purpose of Run Rwanda is to use the power of running to document an intimate account of the beautiful wildlife, landscapes and inhabitants that make up modern day Rwanda, told from the unique perspective of the country's most exciting entrepreneurs.
Our ambition is for Run Rwanda to have a lasting and positive impact on wider perceptions of the country. We need your help to create and publish a hard-cover, 20x25cm Photography Book that will visually communicate the progressive, innovative and inspiring reality of Rwanda today.
We’re proud to have officially partnered with the African Entrepreneur Collective (AEC); a Rwandan based social enterprise and business accelerator. The AEC have pioneered a new approach to economic development in Rwanda, by supporting and mentoring a diverse range of entrepreneurs across the country.
Over the course of 4 weeks, we’ll be running from town to town, spending time with and photographing local Rwandan entrepreneurs, allowing them to guide us through a country that embodies the potential of one of the world’s most exciting continents.
The Story Of Run Rwanda - Introducing John and the team
I am a passionate long-distance runner, with a love of breaking away from pounding the paved city streets, to experience new and beautiful cultures. Having spent the last 10 years working as a Brand Consultant in London, I’m taking a career break to pursue a project that I’ve been planning for many years.
Her energetic yet elegant visual style portrays a magical and intriguing interpretation of our world's diverse cultures. From remote desert towns in Southern Africa to the chaotic streets of India, Cate has lived alongside many an eccentric lifestyle, documenting the intricacies of both people and place.
Cate initiated Captured Once to celebrate the unique and natural moments captured in every image. Her work is motivated by the relationship and trust gained between herself and the subject. While living in Vietnam, she worked with deaf and mute children, using the camera as a tool for communication and self development. Her passion for the true power of the lens is now demonstrated in the participatory Photovoice projects she runs at Captured Once, promoting well being and positive social change.
Communicating powerful personal stories and bringing to life stunning landscapes, Cate's work will intimately portray Rwanda as an exciting emerging county and a key travel destination in Africa. The resulting Photography Book will showcase her favourite images and visualise the exciting face of modern day Rwanda.
Below are a selection of Cate's images
Run Rwanda - The schedule and route
On the 29th July, the team will be flying from London to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda and after 2 days acclimatisation and preparation they’ll travel up to the very northern border with Uganda.
To make Run Rwanda a reality, we need your help raising the £6,500 required to create the Photography Book. The majority of funding raised will be invested in bringing the book to life, covering editing, design, printing and publishing costs.
While the Run Rwanda team will be covering their own travel costs, a portion of investment will help fund the Support Team in Rwanda, including vehicle hire, accommodation and Visas.
A detailed breakdown of how funds will be invested in the Run Rwanda project is outlined below.
Risks and challenges
We’ve been planning Run Rwanda for 6 months and have tried to mitigate against as many risks as possible. We’ll be carrying additional camera equipment and memory cards with us, backing up onto hard-drives whenever possible.
A support team will be accompanying John at all times during the run, and while injury is a concern, the Run Rwanda route has been planned to incorporate reasonable mileage each day, with a contingency for rest and recovery days when needed. In the worst-case scenario that an injury prevents John from running, the Run Rwanda project would continue by bike.
Travel always incurs an element of risk and unpredictability, however we’re optimistic that the project has been well planned and coordinated, with a strong level of in country back up available through the AEC.
Finally, there is the risk of delays. We will do our best to finish the book on time and we’ll be using established, high quality and reliable printers and publishers. However, it is possible that unforeseen circumstances may push the publishing date back. If this occurs, we will inform you as quickly as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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